Fresh Outta Jail…Out On Bail
24 years ago, on 25th April 1994, Tupac Shakur attended the very first Source Awards held at Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theater. He also gave a very energetic performance of his song “Out on Bail” A lot of fans have suggested that this performance was one of his best, ripping up the stage from left to right. His pent up performance ended with Tupac shouting “Thug Life” and slamming his microphone on the floor. He gave an interview directly after his performance saying that he appreciates everybody who supported him throughout the problems he was going through and was looking forward to the future.
However the night didn’t go without a bit of controversy. The hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest was also in attendance, as they was nominated for and won the award ‘Group of the year’
The group was on stage accepting one of the biggest awards of the night, then out of nowhere the instrumental for Tupac’s song kicks in and all of a sudden you see Tupac and his crew enter the stage to perform.
It was put down to a mistake by the soundman, as he cued the Out on Bail instrumental at the wrong time. A.B. Money, of the group Rappin’ Is Fundamental, was performing with Tupac that night. He has said that the only reason why Tupac came out on stage to perform was because he heard the music come on and thought it was a cue to come out to perform. But at the time A Tribe Called Quest was upset and thought Tupac had intentionally disrespected them by interrupting their award acceptance speech. According to Source magazine head Benzino, one member of Tribe, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, was that distraught that he was seen crying backstage.
Busta Rhymes, who was close to Tribe and also knew Tupac, recently came out in an interview and confirmed that Tupac was not dissing Tribe with what went on.
“The whole world knows what my history and what my relationship is with Tribe. Me and Pac had a conversation about that,” Busta added. “Pac made it clear to me that he didn’t mean to do that. That wasn’t his fault and he didn’t understand how or why it happened that way but you know how it goes, your music starts going, you going to do what you’re supposed to do. And rightfully so, he is supposed to go out there if he hears his sh*t and start rocking”
The ill feeling between the group and Tupac went on for a while but Tupac made the effort to make peace with them. He met up with Ali from Tribe in Los Angeles and they made plans to televise a public truce on BET but unfortunately Tupac passed away before they could make it happen.
A little trivia about the song Tupac performed at the award show “Out on Bail” Tupac heard the beat and went crazy. He wrote the lyrics that night and recorded them in one take. He recorded a couple of other tracks the same night including “Straight Ballin”. LG, the producer of the song Out on Bail, has since revealed that Tupac wanted it on the album Me Against The World but at the last minute it didn’t make the album. The beat for the song was originally for Freddie Foxxx when he was a member of Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit.
Watch the video of Tupac’s performance & let us know your favourite live performance of Pac’s